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Introducing the BFS Prefilled Syringe - ApiJect

• ApiJect

Low Cost and Patient Safety are No Longer a Tradeoff.

The BFS prefilled syringe leverages the scale and efficiency of the well-established Blow-Fill-Seal plastic manufacturing process, to deliver prefilled syringes at enormous volumes and low cost. By affixing Needle Hubs onto 300 BFS containers per minute, it is now possible to package medicines in prefilled syringes at a lower cost per dose than a 10-dose glass vial with syringe.

Using Blow-Fill-Seal to Hold Medicines is a Globally Trusted Technology

The "BFS" in BFS prefilled syringe stands for "Blow-Fill-Seal." It is a regulator-trusted, 50+ year old manufacturing technology that aseptically fills billions of doses of drugs, vaccines, and other medicines every year in plastic containers. Most people are familiar with sterile eyedrops and nose sprays in BFS "squeeze bottle" containers. ApiJect has added a Needle Hub to the BFS container to create the world's first BFS prefilled syringe, available at a breakthrough low cost.

PANDEMIC RESPONSE

BFS Prefilled Syringes are Ideal for Pandemic Response

In a national bio-emergency such as a pandemic, nations may require "surge capacity" – the ability to package hundreds of millions of doses of drugs or vaccines on short notice. This task can be extremely difficult when relying on glass vials, due to the limited capacities of "just in time" supply chains. BFS prefilled syringes are ideal for this challenge, as a single BFS manufacturing line can produce 15 million finished BFS prefilled syringes per month. That is why ApiJect has joined forces with the U.S. Government to create The RAPID Consortium, a public-private partnership that strengthens America's surge capacity.

Whether health officials are running a scheduled vaccination program or an urgent pandemic response campaign, they can make better decisions if they know when and where each injection occurs. With an optional RFID/NFC tag on each BFS prefilled syringe, ApiJect will make this possible. Before giving an injection, the healthcare worker will be able to launch a free mobile app and "tap" the prefilled syringe on their phone, capturing the NFC tag's unique serial number, GPS location and date/time. The app then uploads the data to a government-selected cloud database. Aggregated injection data provides health administrators an evolving real-time "injection map."


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